Fazil Say / 1001 Nights at the Harem, Summertime...




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Published on Mar 10, 2009

1 CD naïve - spring 2009
Fazil Say (born 1970)

Violin concerto 1001 Nights in the Harem
Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester,
John Axelrod

AllaTurca Jazz
Summertime Fantasy
Fazil Say piano

Patara Ballet
Burcu Soysev soprano
Fazil Say piano
Aykut Köselerli drums
Celalettin Biçer ney

The violin concerto 1001 Nights in the Harem is a new work composed by Fazil Say. Premiered in concert (at Lucerne in 2008) and on record by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with whom the Turkish pianist forms one of todays most high-profile duos, the concerto refers to the famous collection of oriental stories.
In the course of its four movements, situated at the interface between classical and oriental influences, 1001 Nights in the Harem creates a dreamlike atmosphere in which the virtuoso violin of Patricia Kopatchinskaja is joined in the scoring for full symphony orchestra by Turkish percussion instruments (kudüm, glockenspiel) as well as marimba, vibraphone, celesta, and harp.
Patara, a quartet for soprano, piano, ney flute and percussion, was originally written as ballet music. It symbolises the rapprochement between East and West the piano represents western culture, the ney eastern culture, and the soprano the fusion of the two.

The disc is completed by two of the most celebrated jazz arrangements by Fazil Say the pianist: Alla Turca Jazz, a fantasy on Mozarts famous rondo, and Summertime Fantasy, an arrangement of Gershwins melody. Two symbols of the creativity and open-mindededness of an artist who delights the publics of New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, Ankara, Montreux, and other great musical centres.

En 2008, Fazil Say was appointed Ambassador for intercultural exchange by the European Union.
For this video:
- Violin Concerto (c) Haber Turk
- Fazil Say, recital at Kioi Hall (c) Avex Inc.

(c) 2009 Naïve


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